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Alarak Build Guide “The hour of my vengeance has come.”

Last updated on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:55 by Straften 22 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Alarak guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Alarak in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Straften is a Grand Master ranked player in both Hero League and Team League. He has a passion for theorycrafting, and regularly tests new features early on the PTR. He explains his strategy, reasoning, and implementation in these guides.

1. Quick Reference

Double Cross Build (talent calculator link)

The Double Cross Build is made up of Talents that focus on increasing the reliability and damage of your combo as much as possible. Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis whenever you can do so safely. Although you are not taking Talents to empower Lightning Surge, use it as often as you can to poke enemy Heroes. Once they are low on Health you can secure kills with Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge and Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike, followed by Basic Attacks and your other Abilities. At Level 20 you can repeat your combo by activating Hasty Bargain Icon Hasty Bargain, which should result in a takedown when executed correctly.

Lightning Surge Build (talent calculator link)

The Lightning Surge Build is exceptionally good at long range poke, especially against melee heavy team compositions. It is very easy to play, as you simply use Lightning Surge every time it is available. When you finish stacking Endless Energy Icon Endless Energy, you will be able to use it every 4 seconds. You will outrange most Heroes in the game, and trade well with those who can match you. Target enemy Heroes behind the enemy frontline whenever possible, to damage as many Heroes with each cast as possible.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

Alarak synergizes with

Alarak does well with highly mobile allies who can provide burst damage, as they can secure takedowns on enemy Heroes who are silenced and damaged by Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike.

Alarak is countered by

Alarak is countered by Heroes who can outrange him in trades, and who waveclear very well. He can also be countered by Heroes who can close in on him quickly and stun him.


Alarak's stronger maps Braxis Holdout Sky Temple Towers of Doom
Alarak's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Hanamura Warhead Junction
Alarak's weaker maps Blackheart's Bay Haunted Mines Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen

Alarak is not able to deal large amounts of damage to non-Heroic entities during PvE encounters with his Abilities; however, he can be effective during team fights that occur during map objectives. He is better on maps that are oriented around team fighting, rather than those that require strong Minion or Mercenary clearing. Narrow choke points can help him land his Abilities on multiple enemy Heroes at the same time.

TL;DR Tips

  • Use Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike to Silence your enemies, leaving them vulnerable to your team's followup.
  • Use Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis to propel yourself into range of a kill, or push yourself to safety. You can also push enemies into danger!
  • Lightning Surge Icon Lightning Surge is a great follow up to Discord Strike, but be used on its own to recover small amounts of Health as needed.
  • Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge can be channeled from the fog of war due to its huge range, allowing you to enter fights by surprise. Make sure your team is ready as you have no escape.
  • Make whatever choices will help you establish dominance; even if that means sacrificing some of Sadism Icon Sadism's bonus damage for utility options.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Alarak is a melee Assassin who controls the battlefield by manipulating the positioning of his enemies. He can sacrifice raw damage for increased utility through Sadism Icon Sadism, allowing him to deal with each challenge differently. Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis allows him to push himself and enemies in any direction, while Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike can render them completely helpless afterward. He is incapable of clearing Minions and Mercenaries effectively, which means he is not self-sufficient. Alarak works best in direct cooperation with his teammates, as he can setup or secure takedowns extremly well.

3. Strengths

  • Can Silence enemies with Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike every 8 seconds
  • Can reposition himself with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis
  • Great potential to setup takedowns
  • Can join teamfights from offscreen with Deadly Charge Icon Deadly Charge
  • Very high skill ceiling

4. Weaknesses

  • Poor waveclear
  • Cannot solo Mercenary Camps effectively
  • Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike's delay and short range make it a difficult skillshot.
  • Hard learning curve

5. Role in the Current Meta

Alarak is great for team compositions that need a melee Hero who can setup picks. He can push or pull enemies out of position, and then remove their ability to flee by silencing them. Alarak's kit forces enemies to respect his area of influence, as getting too close can quickly result in death when Alarak has teammates to follow him up. His kit is composed of poweful yet difficult skillshots, which can be extremely rewarding when combinations are executed flawlessly. Alarak works best on a team that can reliably follow up when he forces and enemy out of position with Telekinesis Icon Telekinesis. Reliably landing Discord Strike Icon Discord Strike and Telekinesis can be difficult. Putting in the time to get comfortable with these Abilities will be essential to leveraging his great potential.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 25 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added new Double Cross build.
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